We don't feature a lot of painting on SHFT. There's no explicit reason for that, maybe it relates to the fact that photography shows actual stuff happening in the real world, whereas painting happens in a studio. In any case, every once in a while we come across brushwork that's too good not to post. Here would be such an occasion. British-born, NYC-based artist Samantha Keely Smith creates abstracted landscapes that straddle the boundary between dream and reality. Painted using oil, shellac, varnish and enamel, the huge canvases are suffused in light and hazy clouds. Smith's work, she says, is an attempt to harmonize the inner, emotional world and the natural world outside.
From her artist statement:
Smith's artwork represents a striving to reconcile the inner world of instinct and the tidal sweep of our emotional life, with an external world that is both beautiful and hostile in its natural grandeur. She attempts to map the place where these worlds intersect.
The paintings looks powerful on the web. We imagine they would be extra epic in person. Hope to see them someday.